Masters of Library & Information Science (MLIS)
At UCLA, the MLIS program provides students with a blend of conceptual and theoretical knowledge and practical experience. In the classroom, students acquire a solid foundation in contemporary library and information science theory, information seeking and retrieval skills, and information technology expertise. Our internship program then gives students the opportunity to apply their theoretical insights and practical skills in a professional environment.
Our students are mentored for leadership in whatever field of information work they choose to enter. We do this by providing: mentoring programs; individual advisors; internship opportunities at over 250 organizations; teamwork experience; support for student participation in professional organizations; and the opportunity for students to compile a portfolio in which they assess and present their career-related activities to date.
Our MLIS program is one of the most innovative and comprehensive in the country. We graduate highly successful and accomplished information professionals who go on to work in a wide variety of institutions.
The UCLA MLIS program is accredited by the American Library Association.
Goals for the MLIS Program
To educate MLIS students to become the top leaders, policy makers, and designers of information systems and services within the information professions.
To educate MLIS students with strong professional ethics and a sense of individual, institutional, social and professional responsibility.
To educate MLIS students with the skills to become change agents within their institutions and professional communities.
To educate MLIS students who are able to work effectively in culturally diverse environments.
To educate MLIS students who are committed to their own lifelong continuing professional education.
To redesign our curriculum continuously to reflect faculty strengths and rapidly changing environmental demands.
In the Classroom
MLIS students gain a strong conceptual base by taking six core courses:
- IS 200 Information in Society
- IS 201Ethics, Diversity, and Change
- IS 245 Iinformation Access
- IS 260 Information Structures
- IS 270 Introduction to Information Technology
- IS 410 Management Theory and Practice for Information Professionals
One research methods course: IS 208, IS 228, IS 280, IS 281, or IS 282.
Archival Studies specialization students must also take IS 431 American Archives and Manuscripts.
Students also select twelve elective courses which permit in-depth study and exploration of topics related to individual interests. For a full list of courses offered by the department, please see the 'Short Title List of Courses' in the appropriate Student Handbook..
Our extensive course offerings enable students to focus on functional specializations, and to design programs of study tailored to specific career objectives. Students can pursue their interests in any type of library and information facility or information-related activity, and can choose to specialize in:
MLIS Portfolio and Thesis
In order to fulfill their degree requirements, MLIS students have the option either to prepare a portfolio of their academic and professional accomplishments, or to write a thesis. Preparing the portfolio allows the student to integrate their learning across the entire program and to develop skills and awareness in the management of their professional career. Writing a thesis provides students with the opportunity to conduct primary research in any one of the specialization areas.
More information about the thesis process - forthcoming